Fire has ripped through the luxury Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, killing one person. Around 150 guests, mostly tourists, were evacuated from the iconic property, a traditional Burmese-style hotel that used a large amount of teak in its construction.
Authorities say the blaze started around 3 am yesterday [local time] and may have been caused by an electrical fault or exploding gas cylinders. Guests have reported being woken by staff banging on their doors in the absence of fire alarm warnings.
Htay Lwin, a spokesman from the Htoo Group which owns the hotel, told AFP news agency: “It’s hard to say why the fire broke out, the cause is under investigation.”